About the Course
Pupils follow the National Curriculum and study British and World History from 1066 to the present day. In Year 7 we cover the era 1066 to 1603, Year 8 study aspects of life between 1603 and 1901, and Year 9 focus on the 20th century. We organise our curriculum around the themes of Ruling, Living and Working, and Moving and Travelling.
Year 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel Modern World History course which covers 4 topics: Warfare and British society c.1250–present (including London and the Second World War 1939–45), the reigns of King Richard I and King John 1189–1216, Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941–91, and Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918–39. This course is assessed on exams at the end of Year 11.
History is a richly rewarding subject to study at A-level as it combines academic rigour with fascinating stories. It is considered one of the eight “facilitating subjects” by the Russell Group universities as it teaches you skills that are transferable to many different degrees. It is rated as one of four “hard” A Level subjects by the Russell Group, and it enhances employability due to the development of skills such as communication, problem-solving and making judgements.